This morning at Variety’s dealmaker breakfast, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn discussed a variety of topics; one of which was Star Wars. Horn stated that while there is still work to be done on the script, and the script has definitely not been completed as of you, the studio expects that director/writer J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan will have the script completed and ready to go in January.
It looks as if it may come with a pretty hefty price tag as well. While there is no budget in place for the film as of yet, Disney would not be surprised if production costs topped $200 million.
This is according to Marc Graser, a Los Angeles-based journalist from Variety.
Disney expects to get script for Star Wars 7 in January. No budget for movie although studio wouldn’t be surprised if it costs $200 million.
— Marc Graser (@marcgraser) December 13, 2013
That is quite a hefty price tag to put on a film; however, this is Star Wars after all, and if there is anything that simply has to be done right, this is it. Besides, they already invested $4 billion in the franchise when Disney purchased Lucasfilm from the father of the force himself, George Lucas.
Once the script is in place, I am sure that they will want to get down to business right away. From that point, they would have a little over a year to get down to business, as I am sure that the post production aspect will take quite some time with all the special effects that are sure to come into play with such a visually demanding film.
Right now, with no script in place, there has obviously been no casting made for the film. It is rumored that quite a few of the original cast like Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, will have roles in the film, but until a script is finalized and a contract is in place, that is just what they are; rumors.
Are you excited for the new chapter in the Star Wars saga? Where do you think they are going to go with the story? Let us know what you think.
Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled to be released on December 18, 2015.